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Stolen pickup plows into car at gas pump
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Photo courtesy Sparta Live The Peacock Gas Station at 315 East Bockman Way in Sparta burst into flames Saturday when a white pickup crashed into a car amd gas pump at high speeds. See video on the Standard's Facebook page.

Three people, including two Morrison residents, escaped with their lives Saturday when their car was smashed by a speeding pickup at a Sparta gas station, which burst into flames.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at Peacock Gas Station at 315 East Bockman Way next to the post office not far from the foot of the mountain. The time of the crash was Saturday around 5:30 p.m.

A stolen pickup driven by Jason Byrd, 40, of the Sparta area triggered the crash when he failed to negotiate a curve due to high speeds and crashed into a car which was sitting at a gas pump.

Inside the car was driver Ronald Wayne Martin Jr., 19, of Crossville, Isabella Underwood, 19, of Morrison, and a juvenile from Morrison who was in the back seat.

“The flames were pretty instantaneous, but they were able to get out,” said state trooper Jacob Groce, who worked the crash.

Underwood sustained burns to her back, legs and hair. All three were hospitalized and have since been released.

Bryd remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt, according to trooper Groce. The White County Sheriff’s Department has charges waiting when he is released.

The fire caused extensive damage to the gas station and resulted in the total loss of both vehicles involved, as well as another vehicle parked nearby.

“The gas station lost two of its four pumps and its canopy,” said trooper Groce. “The truck was stolen from a Peacock Gas Station in Bon Air and it crashed into a Peacock Gas Station. That is something which is unusual.”